Cramming on wireless bills probed

Posted at: 05/09/2013 6:27 AM
By: Associated Press

It used to happen a lot back in the day when most of us had landlines: cramming. That's when third parties sneak hidden charges onto your phone bill, in the hopes that you won't notice and pay up.

Most of the largest landline carriers have cleaned up their act about such charges over the years. But now federal regulators are taking a close look at whether the practice has started to drift to wireless phone bills. The fees are usually relatively small, under $10 a month, but bogus. It might be listed as a "premium service" or some other generic-sounding line item.

The FCC claims in one case, consumers nationwide were signed up randomly for text services without their knowledge or permission.